Disillusionment in renewable energy diffusion: A case study of biogas technology in Austria

Kriechbaum, M. (Speaker)

Activity: Talk or presentationTalk at conference or symposiumScience to science


Over the last decades renewable energy technologies have matured substantially and have shown strong growth rates all over the world. But in many places, the development and diffusion of renewables have been characterized by cycles of hype and disillusionment. In this study, I investigate the hype cycle that was associated with biogas technology in Austria. Based on the analysis of expert interviews, newspaper articles and policy documents, I describe the dynamics that characterized this hype cycle and relate them to the institutional processes that have underline the emergence of the Austrian biogas sector.
Period20 Aug 2020
Event title11th International Sustainability Transition Conference: Governance in an Era of Change – Making Sustainability Transitions Happen
Event typeConference
LocationVirtuell, Austria


  • Hype cycles
  • Sustainability transitions
  • Biogas
  • Multi-criteria mapping
  • Frames and framing